A man in Kedah has been arrested for assaulting a police officer using a garden hoe
According to Harian Metro, the incident took place around 10.40am on Sunday, 18 October, at the man's house.
Baling district police chief Supt Syed Basri Syed Ali said that several police officers approached the suspect at his home after he was found taking photos of them carrying out their duties at a roadblock in Kampung Padang Che Mas, which is under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
When police denied the man's request to leave the area, he went back to his home and came out with a garden hoe.
He then became aggressive and swung the tool at a police officer.
Syed Basri explained to Sinar Harian, "Officers followed the 43-year-old suspect until they reached outside of his house and tried to get an explanation behind why he took photos of them."
"The suspect then got angry and went inside his house and came out with a garden hoe. He started swinging it at one of the officers but was stopped by the others," he added.
The case is being investigated under Section 353 of the Penal Code for using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty
Berita RTM reported that the man tested negative for drugs and does not have any previous criminal records.
Police have confiscated the gardening tool and found that he is not classified as those allowed to leave CMCO areas according to government-issued standard operating procedures (SOPs).
The suspect will be taken to court today, 19 October, to process his remand order.